Souin Gyokusai seyo!
Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths
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Souin Gyokusai seyo!

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English: Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths
Synonyms: The Banzai! Charge, Operation Death, Opération Mort, Let us all die honorably!
Japanese: 総員玉砕せよ!


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 13
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 8, 1973
Genre: Drama Drama
Themes: Historical Historical, Military Military
Serialization: None
Authors: Mizuki, Shigeru (Story & Art)


Score: 7.661 (scored by 677677 users)
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Ranked: #17082
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Popularity: #6557
Members: 2,076
Favorites: 27

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Souin Gyokusai seyo! is a "semi-autobiographical account of the desperate final weeks of a Japanese infantry unit at the end of World War II." Mizuki drew from his own experiences as a soldier in that war to depict the horrors of battle.

On an island at the end of 1943, Japanese soldiers are obliged to commit suicide in order to save the honor of their country.

(Source: ANN,


Souin Gyokusai seyo! was published in English as Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths by Drawn and Quarterly on April 26, 2011. It was awarded the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia (2012)


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Sep 24, 2014
Zarashy (All reviews)
Souin Gyokusai seyo or Onward towards our noble death is, as the title suggests, a tragic tale of a Japanese infantry unit sent to the battlefront on a suicide mission. Mizuki Shigeru, known for his works like Gegege no Kitarou, presents us a story based on the final stages of World War II when the war was brought to Japan’s doorsteps.

A regiment stationed at Kopoko is ordered to send one of its infantry units to retake Baien from the enemy. Upon their arrival to Baien they notice that it is deserted by the enemy, and soon after realize that they face a new challenge of read more
Apr 14, 2016
CarlTheLlama (All reviews)
There are many reasons to read Onward Towards our Noble Deaths, and it’s hard to pick which one to start with- a good problem to have. I’ll start by approaching the “single volume aspect.” I’ve read All You Need is Kill and Uzumaki, the two standalone omnibuses I see the most on people’s shelves, and would place Onwards Towards Our Noble Deaths solidly above them both. About 350 pages, but since it was originally published in 1973, it follows the older style of having more frames per page a lot of the time, so it’s well filled, similar in that respect to the text-heavy read more
Jul 15, 2017
YellowCheese (All reviews)
Over the course 2016, I spent alot of time on the library in my closest city. And, like any other decent sized library, it had a comic selection. it was in this library i found some of my favorite manga of all time, from Urasawa, Tezuka and many more brilliant minds. I was in a craze for older manga during the fall season, having read most of Tezuka’s mature stories and Yoshihiro’s small story chaos, I came across one of the most unknown (in the west) yet most important works in the medium. Hakaba Kitaro. One of the creepiest and more surreal yet engaging stories read more


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